On the Edge


Our Cities Need a New Neighborhood Improvement Strategy

Despite the increased market demand from Millenials and others to live in cities, many U.S. cities face the challenges of holding their populations and keeping neighborhoods from falling into decline. These cities include Detroit, Cleveland, and Baltimore and many others where a central public policy issue is strengthening neighborhoods to hold and grow a population base while improving the overall local economy. These cities have a long history of working to improve their most distressed neighborhoods—with the federal government an intermittent partner in this strategy.


“Anyone familiar with American cities will recognize middle neighborhoods. They are important components of diverse and changing urban settings. This book offers enlightening observations, analysis, and advice on middle neighborhoods that are useful to policy-makers, academics, urbanists, and city residents.”
—Tom Barrett, Mayor, City of Milwaukee